Since hosting our first Open Mic event at the gallery, we have discovered a vital need for more literary themed events here in the Coachella Valley.  Our first “CONNECTED – a community open mic night” packed the house and every single performance was solid.  One of the performers brought in a book published by UCR – Palm Desert’s Creative Writing Department titled, Badlands – a book composed of local writers, poets, songwriters, photographer and artists.    Truly impressive, it opened our eyes to a whole new scene that has been neglected for far too long here in the desert.

To celebrate expression through letters, we’d like to share with you a local event taking place featuring a highly influential author of today, Ben Ehrenreich. For the past year Ehrenreich has been reporting from Gaza, this Wednesday he will be reading from his book and taking questions at UCR Palm Desert.

If you are an aspiring writer who is looking for inspiration, this would be a great event to attend.  Also, for my fellow desert enthusiasts, make sure to scroll all the way down to check out the free movie screening of Desert Dreams happening this Thursday at UCR-PD.


Wednesday, February 4th


Arts & Letters

Arts & Letters is a free series that invites the community to spend time with today’s most influential authors through interviews and personal readings. Conversations are facilitated by Tod Goldberg, the program director for UCR Palm Desert’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

Ben Ehrenreich

Life finds a way to revolt.”

— Ben Ehrenreich, reporting from the Gaza border for the Los Angeles Review of Books
Join us for a fascinating and spirited evening with war correspondent Ben Ehrenreich, who has been reporting from Gaza for the past year.
A National Magazine Award winner, Ehrenreich has traveled the globe to bring readers the most pressing stories of our time, from the drug war in Mexico to the presidential election in Haiti.
Ehrenreich is also an acclaimed novelist (“The Suitors,” “Ether”) and writer of short fiction. The American Library Association named him “a writer to watch” while Publishers Weekly called him “an original talent.” His journalism, essays and criticism have since appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, The Believer, and the London Review of Books.
Ehrenreich will sign books following the discussion. A bookseller will be available on site.
Desert Dreams:
Celebrating Five Seasons in the SonoranDesert
Don’t miss this FREE event with Friends of the Desert Mountains. 
6 p.m. Feb. 5
Desert Dreams is an award-winning film featuring images of the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert set to a mix of music and natural sounds. The film has been featured at numerous film festivals, including the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and the Sedona International Film Festival.